Here for the doozy. It better be REALLY good, but no pressure.
Oh no. I have a REALLY bad idea about what Scorpius is up to here. The word "expendable" NEVER refers to anything good. And sure enough, it's not good. The FOREST? Man, Scorp, I love you but you're an idiot. Oh, but it's fine because Rose is going with him, that will make EVERYTHING okay. I have so much feels for the fact that she's refusing to let him go by himself... But it's still a really stupid idea. And Scorp feeling overprotective of little Tim is just adorable. He's like the Jeremy of Ignite - and if he gets in the way of Scorose there will be hell to pay.
And, naturally, I love the bit about James and Albus struggling to cope with being Harry's kids. SO MUCH YES for this. Although I'd disagree with Rose - her uncle may be the big cheese, but she has TWO parents who did all that stuff, James and Albus (and Lily) only have one. So she has at least as much right to feel pressured by it all. :)
OH GOD Acromantula hunt was always going to end badly, wasn't it? And then, and THEN, they're saved by THANE? Wow. He's a curious character. All of the potential motives that Scorpius reels off seem plausible, and very interesting. And this raises so many questions! Aside from the obvious one of why all this is going on. Why let them GO? Why save them in the FIRST place? Thane is far from clear cut, and I LOVE this. And will the Acromantula skins do anything? Thane's let them go with them ... but what if he doesn't mind if this is cured? What if that's what he WANTS? Argh, questions questions questions and no darn answers! Spiffing chap bro.
Author's Response: Do I promise goodness and not deliver? And yes, they're both being VERY stupid. But stupid is a hop across the line from daring? No, no, still stupid. One of those acts of many virtues, but sense isn't one of them. Tim's an important character, yes - Jeremy was never seen again after his diabolical interference, but we'll see more of Tim and what he means to Scorpius.
While Rose might have both parents as heroes to contend with, there's only one Harry Potter. But we will see how those pressures begin to weigh down on and affect her - and further nuances of how they affect poor, poor Albus.
It wasn't sensible to go on an Acromantula hunt, no. They almost got away with it - but they had no flying car to save them. They DO have an evil arch-nemesis, of course. And yes, I'm happy with this scene, and how it goes down. Thane's a 'villain' I am keen to develop more and we'll see him further in future installments.
I can't promise answers SOON I do admit. ;) Cheers for reviewing!